Rent E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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1h 50min
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Synopsis:
A little lost alien, three million light years away from home. A lonely ten-year old boy willing to take him home. Two lives changed by a timeless adventure and a friendship that knows no earthly bounds.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , David M. O'Dell, Richard Swingler, , , Michael Darrell, , David Carlberg, , Alexander Lampone, Rhoda Makoff,
Directors:
Producers:
Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
Voiced By:
Pat Welsh
Narrated By:
Chuck Riley
Writers:
Melissa Mathison
Others:
John Williams, Dennis Muren, Kenneth F. Smith, Carlo Rambaldi, Charles L. Campbell, Robert Knudson, Buzz Knudson, Robert Glass, Don Digirolamo, James D Bissell, Carol Littleton, Gene Cantamessa, Robert Sidell, Allen Daviau, Ben Burtt
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Children & Family, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Collections:
All the Twos: 1972-2012, Award Winners, Children & Family, Children's Books On Screen: Fantasy, Films & TV by topic, Films That Go Bump in the Night: Mischief Night, Giant Leap for Mankind: A History of Astronaut Films, Halloween Children & Family Films, Holidays Film Collection, Introducing the EGOT Crowd, Oscar Nominations Competition 2023, Oscar Nominations Competition 2024, Oscars: Winners & Losers, A Brief History of Film..., The Instant Expert's Guide, The Instant Expert's Guide to Satyajit Ray, Top 10 Autumn Films, Top 10 Stephen King Films, Top 100 AFI Movies, Top 100 AFI Thrills, Top 13 Halloween Films For Kids, Top Films
Awards:

1983 BAFTA Best Music

1983 Oscar Best Visual Effects

1983 Oscar Best Music Original Score

1983 Oscar Best Sound

1983 Oscar Best Sound Editing

BBFC:
Release Date:
04/07/2005
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
Dutch Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English DTS 5.1
Subtitles:
Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Isolated John Williams live music score
  • Introduction by Steven Spielberg
  • The Evolution and Creation of E.T
  • The Music of John Williams
  • The reunion of cast and filmmakers
  • The 20th Anniversary Premiere
  • Photograph montage
  • E.T. Theatrical Trailer
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following special features:
- The Evolution and Creation of E.T.
- The Music of John Williams
- The reunion of cast and filmmakers
- The 20th Anniversary Premiere
- Photograph montage
- E.T. Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/10/2012
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
Dutch DTS 5.1, English DTS 2.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, French DTS 2.0, French DTS-HD High Resolution 7.1
Subtitles:
Arabic, Cantonese, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, Korean, Mandarin, Ukrainian
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Steven Spielberg and E.T
  • The E.T. Journals
  • A Look Back
  • The Evolution and Creation of E.T
  • The E.T. Reunion
  • The Music of E.T.: A Discussion with John Williams
  • The 20th Anniversary Premiere
  • Designs
  • Photographs
  • Marketing
BBFC:
Release Date:
02/10/2017
Run Time:
114 minutes
Languages:
Dutch DTS 5.1, English DTS 2.0, English DTS:X, French DTS 2.0, French DTS-HD High Resolution 7.1, German DTS 2.0, German DTS:X
Subtitles:
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, German
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (1) of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

As much as there is the huge love for this film, I just couldn't get on board with it - E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial review by TB

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16/06/2023

This is where, for many film lovers, I am about to committ heresy.

I had heard so so much about ET, all of it completely and utterly in awe of its achievements as a film but also as a piece of history. I had first encountered ET as a theme park ride in the US over 20 years ago, but obviously as I hadn't seen the film, not a lot of it meant anything to me. Finally, and especially after seeing it had been remastered, I rented it.

But from the beginning, I couldn't get on board with it and it definitely wasn't the movie I was expecting. For starters, the tone as it went on just jarred with me. It was very sweet to start with and the chemistry between ET and the kids was wonderful, but there was always something lurking in the background, kind of like a feeling it not working.

But then once the adults get involved and the whole house is taken over by the government/ET is then imprisoned and tested on, it just totally lost me. There was in many ways a mean streak that ran through it, particularly in reference to how ET is treated in front of the children. The medical staff are also portrayed very unsympathetically in certain ways.

Please don't get me wrong, I respect the puppetry and love how the film is shot (this is Spielberg after all,) but the tone of this just really didn't sit well with me. Far from being a film which was a sweet and welcoming tale, with danger faced, it was a morality tale which had far more nasty/off-putting elements than warm ones. And that's absolutely fine, I don't like films which are full of land of milk and honey saccharine sweetness. But this just doesn't work for me.

I know how much this film means to so many people, but as much as there were moving moment, for me it just didn't work

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